Hidden Bars

At the late-night destinations of choice, the trick to getting through the door isn't getting on the guest list. It's finding the door in the first place

New York City Milk & Honey on Manhattan's Lower East Side popularized the reservations-only bar concept and keeps the guest list limited with an unlisted phone number. The easier-to-access newcomer PDT (Please Don't Tell) has a published reservation line, but the not-so-obvious entrance is right out of Get Smart. Inside a hot-dog restaurant in the East Village, patrons squeeze into a vintage phone booth and pick up the receiver. The host on the other end opens a secret panel to allow entry to the bar. Classic cocktails are served by James Meehan, one of New York's top bartenders. pdtnyc.com

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